Hamilton Gallery

JUDOCUS DE VOS (BRUSSELS WORKSHOP) BRUSSELS, BELGIUM; CHARLES LE BRUN, 'The Entry of Alexander in Babylon', 18th century, wool, silk. Herbert and May Shaw Bequest




The Herbert and May Shaw Bequest assembled the stunning group of English and German holloware which still forms the backbone of the historic silver collection, and includes major items such as a set of three Sugar vases designed by Francis Crump of 1765 . During the 1990s the gallery began to make major contributions to the metalware holdings by including European contemporary pieces.


The ceramics collection features beautifully crafted and decorated tea and coffee services, plates, vases, jars and bowls produced in England, Italy, Germany, France and Scandinavia and include pieces from the well-known factories of Minton, Doulton, Wedgwood, Alessi, Rosenthal, Limoges, Arabia and Royal Copenhagen.

The gallery’s holdings of porcelain, stoneware and earthenware illustrate some of the major stylistic and technical developments that occurred in these mediums from the sixteenth century till today.


The gallery’s glass collection spans all the major European glass producing traditions, with a particularly strong representation of Scandinavian glass that was at its high point during the early years of the gallery’s existence.

Recent donations and purchases have ensured the gallery’s collection does not remain a time capsule of 20th century glass but continues to be actively developed. Today it is recognised as one of Australia’s great collections of modern glass enhancing both the gallery’s and the Southern Grampians Shire’s reputations.


De Breguet

Automaton watch
1.8 (h) x 7.4 (w) x 5.4 (d) x 5.4 (dia) gilt-metal, steel, glass, enamel

Bow Porcelain Works England

16.4 x 8.5cm porcelain, soft-paste

Paul Follot

Tea service
silver-plate, base metal

Meissen Porcelain Manufactory Germany

Snuff box
4.4 x 8.4 x 7cm porcelain, hard paste and ormolu

Joachim Grim the Younger

Coin tankard (Muntzkanne)
23 (h) x 22.1 (w) x 18 (d) x 18 (dia) silver, silver gilt

Johann Joachim Kändler

Part coffee, tea and chocolate service
porcelain, hard-paste

Charles Le Brun

The Entry of Alexander in Babylon
417 x 278cm wool, silk

Johann Peter Melchior

Boy with flowerpot
17.3 x 7.2 x 7.2cm porcelain, hard-paste

Charles-Louis Mereau

Cup and saucer (gobelet litron et soucoupe)
porcelain, soft-paste

Tapio Wirkkala

Bolle (Bottle vase)
42.5 (h) x 14.2 (d) x 14.2 (dia) glass
Header Image: JUDOCUS DE VOS (BRUSSELS WORKSHOP) BRUSSELS, BELGIUM; CHARLES LE BRUN, ‘The Entry of Alexander in Babylon’, 18th century, wool, silk. Herbert and May Shaw Bequest